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Sûreté du Québec moves in on alleged Hells Angels drug ring


Several marijuana grow-op sites were busted and at least one restricted firearm was seized as police conducted eight early-morning raids with a Hells Angels connection Thursday in the Montéregie region east of Montreal, Sgt. Valérie Bolduc of the Sûreté du Québec said. A total of nine suspects were formally charged on Thursday afternoon with the production and possession of illegal drugs as well as firearms charges while another suspect is to be charged on Friday. Three other suspects were released either on a promise to appear or to be summoned to court later while one suspect was released without being charged. “Several SWAT teams were involved,” Bolduc said, refusing to specify the number. About 100 SQ officers, with the assistance of local police, swept into residences in Acton Vale, St. Théodore d’Acton and Durham beginning “very early” Thursday, she said. Bolduc said it was part of an SQ effort launched last spring following a series of tips received from the public, to dismantle what she described as “a well-established, long-standing drug ring .... believed to involve the Hells Angels” biker gang. One of those detained is a man in his 50s, known to police and believed to be the ringleader. The ring is believed to have distributed and sold cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamines, Bolduc added. The array of criminal charges will probably include negligent storage of firearms, she added, in addition to production of cannabis and possession of various drugs for the purposes of trafficking. “It’s too early” to be able to disclose the full number and type of weapons seized, Bolduc said

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